April 20, 2020

33 Years of PowerPoint. Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know

PowerPoint is one of the most widely used applications in the world. It was initially developed for Apple’s Mac OS by former Berkeley PhD student, Robert Gaskins. The first version of PowerPoint was named Presenter — its name was changed to PowerPoint in 1987. That same year, Microsoft purchased the rights to PowerPoint for $14 million.

Version 2.0, developed for both Macintosh and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems, was upgraded to output 35-mm color slides. The 1992 release of PowerPoint 3.0 introduced the now standard virtual slideshow. Since version 97, PowerPoint has gone through major upgrades with every release. The most recent version, PowerPoint 2019 and PowerPoint 365 have seen refinements to existing features and the continued introduction of new innovative features.

Today’s PowerPoint is an incredibly powerful piece of software that has transformed the world of presenting. Despite competition from the likes of Keynote and Prezi, PowerPoint still stands apart as the go-to tool for creating presentations.

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